There is a treat awaiting for you on 4th April.  We have Somerset Morris coming to give us a talk on the history of Women’s Morris Dancing followed by some demonstration dances and then teaching those of us who would like to have a go.  Barbara will be our guide for the evening and we have been advised to wear comfortable flat shoes and sticks and hankies will be provided.

They are a women’s Cotswold Morris dancing side based in the Bristol and Bath area.  Somerset Morris perform Cotswold Morris dances which come from the villages of Ducklington (Oxon), Kirtlington (Oxon) and Ilmington (Warks). These dances are somerset morris 3characterized by the use of sticks or handkerchiefs and require considerable physical dexterity. Women did dance the Morris in the past but there were fewer female sides than today.  The phrase ‘physical dexterity’ is an interesting concept and I’m sure much laughter will be generated over the course of the eveningsomerset morris 2

There is much anticipation over the evening which has raised comments such as:

‘I’m worried about how excited I am about Morris dancing’

‘I’m actually quite disappointed I’m missing the Morris Dancing’


I think as well as photos a few video clips would be good’ – ‘so I can learn later at home’

Feel free to bring hankies, and judging by the last picture – Bells!  See you on the 4th.

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